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ANCHORAGE - Tens of thousands of pounds of dog food and supplies were being sorted Tuesday for delivery to race checkpoints as mushers and race officials prepare for the upcoming 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
About 70 mushers are signed up for the 1,100-mile race. It starts March 7 amid a party atmosphere in downtown Anchorage, where mushers and their dog teams will line up for the ceremonial start, cheered on by family and friends.
Before the race, each musher ships out about 2,000 pounds of food and supplies to the race checkpoints.
The $1,850 entry fee more than doubled this year to $4,000, which could be a factor for why there are significantly fewer entries. Last year, a record 96 mushers started the race.